Why did we create Vidlogs?

Dean Grover
Aug 17, 2020 · 3 min read

Written by Adam Dubov and Dean Grover, August 17th 2020

Why’d we do it? Because the 30+ video meetings we were having a week started seriously blurring in our minds

We created Vidlogs because as a remote team working from home in the time of COVID-19 we discovered we needed it ourselves.

When the lockdown came our small product team, spread across three continents and spanning six time zones, quickly found ourselves spending a crazy number of hours a day on video calls — sometimes as many as 5–7 calls each day.

Endless screen sharing. File sharing. All the data and links in the in-meeting chats that we lost when we closed the meeting using some of the existing solutions. All the details, the takeaways, the action items and the nuance from the upward of 30 conversations we were having each week started to blur, mere seconds after we hit the “Leave Meeting” button. “Zoom fatigue?”

That’s when we pivoted and start building Vidlogs as a live meeting platform built for remote teams, designed for how remote teams actually work in our connected global village.

We developed Vidlogs to make our own remote team work more efficiently and effectively, embracing the flexibility and challenges of team members not always being available online at the same time.

In Vidlogs you can invite your whole team into a private, secure shared workspace. If you need to start a call with any of team member you can see who’s online and start a video call instantly, or schedule a video meeting for later when everyone’s available.

When people join the call they can do it from the browser, with no downloads or PINs required — we wanted the meeting experience to be as frictionless as possible.

It was important to us for our meetings to be saved in a secure dashboard with a Facebook/Twitter-style feed so our team could easily track and follow all of the “long tail” conversations that we have daily in the conducting of our business.

And we wanted to be able to optionally record our meetings and generate accurate, searchable AI transcripts to share in the team feed to help us all stay on the same page about what was discussed, the takeaways and the action items, long after the meeting has ended.

We wanted to be able to create channels to organize the meetings we have over and over with the same people on specific topics, like planning, or sales or marketing — and make those one-click easy to schedule and kick off.

And most importantly, we wanted remote teams to be able to seamlessly communicate with each other with both Live and Asynchronous video, and be able to bridge timezones.

Live meetings are generally scheduled for the least-bad time for all the participants. Sometimes team members can’t make the meeting, and it’s hard to catch up on the details after the meeting’s ended.

Vidlogs lets you record asynchronous video messages from your camera and desktop on your time and share them with your team in the same feed, for them to view on demand and reply on their time. The videos can be shared publicly, or password-protected.

Vidlogs combines the benefits of several popular Live meeting, video recording and AI transcription solutions into a single easy-to-use team dashboard. Vidlogs can be customized to an enterprise or educational institution’s needs using APIs.

We’re launching the Vidlogs pubic beta on ProductHunt today, August 17th. Click through and sign up for a free beta trial and pressure test Vidlogs with your team, partners, customers and friends and please give us your valuable feedback on how we can improve the product.

best regards,

Adam Dubov

Co Founder, Vidlogs

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Vidlogs

Live and Asynchronous Video for Productive Remote teams